The Smart Cellist’s Guide to Popper Etudes
1. Learn the first 8 bars really well.
2. Get to the hard part. Decide to skip it to where the opening theme repeats.
3. Learn the last 8 bars really well.
4. Try the hard part again. Nope.
5. Maybe listening to a recording would help. Watch the YouTube video of Joshua Roman playing your etude.
The Smart Pianist’s Guide to Études:
rant: who makes decisions about arts education?
This morning, I had the opportunity to attend a symposium on culture and education called “Rencontres Européennes,” hosted by the director of the Festival International d’Art Lyrique, an opera festival in Aix-en-Provence. The theme was “L’émergence” (or emergence in English), referring to “emerging” or experimental art. What ensued was a series of thought-provoking lectures and discussions on the importance of prolonging experimentation through art, of making cultural capital a universal, rather than exclusive, entity (translated quote: “Experimental projects succeed only if we work together at eye level - if we are all learners”), and of taking artistic risks even under the rigid structures of educational and governmental institutions. It was a very uplifting, optimistic event…
… that is, until the last few minutes of the symposium, which revealed two HUGE quandaries.